Trinity came from a goal down to beat Genesis and return to a share of top spot in the Leinster women’s Division One table with a game in hand.
In tandem with Old Alex’s draw with Corinthian, it meant Trinity hold the early aces in the race for the EY Hockey League playoff places. Genesis started on the front foot and, within five minutes, made it 1-0 thanks to a superb finish from a former Trinity player, Catriona Lavelle.The first half continued with Genesis playing some good attacking hockey with Trinity struggling to create any play going forward. The second half was a huge contrast with the Santry Avenue hosts building momentum from the restart.
Aine Ryan put in Trojan work to set up Niamh Sweeney for a finish on the volley for 1-1. With confidence growing, Trinity settled into the game, retaining the majority of the possession and creating threatening chances.
The turning point came when Louise McCollum intercepted the ball from a hit out and expertly finished the ball into the bottom corner. Genesis had their chances but three late corners went unconverted and Trinity’s winning run in the league stretched to four games.
Corinthian’s strong run of form continued as they tied 1-1 with Alex in Milltown. The hosts had opened the scoring near the end of the first half through Aleisha Barton before Carol McGowan equalised from a corner rebound off the back off Amber Kinlan’s initial shot, volleying into the net.
Both goalkeepers produced strong saves in the second half in a tie that could have gone either way with the draw moving the reds into the top half of the table for the first time this season.
In Terenure, Our Lady’s began the contest the stronger side against Glenanne, maintaining the majority of possession within the opening 10 minutes. The Glens soon found their feet, putting the opposing defence under a lot of pressure.
Through several aerial balls from Rachel O’Brien, forwards Audrey Westlake and Marie Goulding both found themselves one on one with the Our Lady’s keeper. However, despite these opportunities and several short corner efforts, the score remained level at half-time.
They managed to turn threat into goals in the second period. After four minutes, a counter attack from the Tallaght side saw Jessica Meeke find Marie Goulding at the back post for an easy finish.
Serena Rush showed great vision throughout the game, spraying lots of crossfield balls which put the Glens on the front foot. This momentum was harnessed to lead a break from midfield. SJ Kelly defied the keeper with some composed play to bring the score 2-0. Saoirse O’Donoghue followed this with a powerful drag to tie the game up 3-0.
The win pushes Glenanne into third place. North Kildare’s tie with Rathgar was frozen out while Avoca’s date with Muckross was postponed, too.
In the Irish Junior Cup, Cliodhna Maloney scored the only goal of the game to put Genesis into the quarter-finals of the competition, winning 1-0 at Portadown.
They are one of four Leinster sides to advance. Railway Union eased to a 7-0 win over Trinity; Muckross shaded their game with Corinthian 2-1 while Old Alex beat Belfast Harlequins 2-0. Ashton, Cork Harlequins, Pegasus and Lisnagrvey sides still in the competition.
Women’s Leinster Division One: Trinity 2 (N Sweeney, L McCollum) Genesis 1 (C Lavelle); Our Ladys 0 Glenanne 3 (M Goulding, SJ Kelly, S O’Donoghue); Old Alex 1 (A Barton) Corinthian 1 (C McGowan); North Kildare v Rathgar – postponed due to frost
Irish Junior Cup, second round
Saturday: Ashton 3 (A Harvey, S Merry, J Lawless) Cork C of I 2 (A O’Mahony, C Dring); Portadown 0 Genesis 1 (C Maloney); Ulster Elks 0 Pegasus 5 (S Ferris 2, M Bowyer, C McMahon, C Harvey); UCC 0 Lisnagarvey 2 (S Atkinson, A Christie); Muckross 2 (R Murray, K Fitzgerald) Corinthian 1 (K Warren); Old Alex 2 (B Barrett, A Bowers) Belfast Harlequins 0; Railway Union 7 (S Haller 2, S Dooley 2, A Heisterkamp 2, K Orr) Trinity 0
Sunday: Cork Harlequins 0 Bandon, Harlequins win 2-1 on strokes
Irish Hockey Challenge, first round: Greenfields 2 (C Murphy, E Kennedy) NUIG 0; Kilkeel 4 (N Graham 2, R McKee, R Johnston) Weston 1 (A Maguire); Mullingar 6 (A Stenson 3, S McManus 3) Athlone 0; Blackrock 3 (L Hogan, V Melia, S Kiely) Tipperary 0